Deborah L. O'Mara

Freelance Writer

Deborah L. O’Mara is a journalist with more than two decades experience writing about security, life safety and systems integration, and she is the managing director of DLO Communications in Chicago. She can be reached at dlocommunications@gmail.com or 773.414.3573.

Articles by Deborah L. O'Mara

March 2007
It’s only technology: In the decades after the Civil War, the cities of Chicago and St Louis with their existing waterways were equally poised as emerging locations that could take charge of the industrial/technological upswing; both cities were gateways to the West. Chicago succeeded and grew exponentially. Growth in St. Louis sputtered. READ MORE
February 2007
The first line of defense in any type of security starts with perimeter detection; what better way to achieve effective protection than through the deployment of magnetic contacts and sensors? These workhorses of security have advanced like other products, but some have changed more than others simply due to their composition. READ MORE
February 2007
How can you argue against going into this phenomenon called low-voltage, a robust growing market consisting of security, communications and integrated products and services in the 120- to 250-volt range? READ MORE
January 2007
Boost revenues with performance knowledge: READ MORE
January 2007
Whether the economy is up or down, security is a sure thing: Integration and convergence are changing the face of the security industry; physical security continues to meet logical access control, and the results are good for both information technology (IT) and security end-users who are learning to share knowledge and work together. Security, it seems, is all grown up. READ MORE
November 2006
  Service and maintenance are an important value-added opportunity for the electrical contractor. Not only does it keep the EC in front of the customer, but it builds loyalty and establishes the contractor as the one expert who can assist the client and the facility in staying up to speed on technologies and can keep systems running smoothly. READ MORE
November 2006
November 2006
  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released some $399 million for critical infrastructure protection. Technology often jump-starts in the government market, as the rest of the industry takes stock of innovation, waiting for the eventual migration to private sectors and other industries. READ MORE
October 2006
Keep your eyes on the residential market READ MORE

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